Modernist Masterpiece

I got a bit giddy when I came across this Highland Park Modernist masterpiece designed by the legendary Bud Oglesby. As I go in search of a home for our Monday Morning Millionaire each week, I try to find something that is not only in the ultra-luxury price range but also has a story to tell.

Dallas has some of the finest residential architecture in the world. That fact often makes me pause and wonder why buyers so often settle for the mundane white box when there are homes like this Modernist masterpiece for sale. Architect-designed homes are timeless. Sure, you may need to update a bathroom or a kitchen, but you should do that on any house over 10 years old.

An architect-designed house is going to last forever, if — and that is a big if — there is a buyer that understands and values that home. It takes a certain level of taste, experience, and intelligence to appreciate a marvelous Modernist masterpiece. Fortunately, this is Dallas, and we have a lot of tasteful, intelligent buyers.

This Modernist masterpiece at 3709 Lexington Avenue was built for the Deals, who were patrons of the Dallas Museum of Art. It is widely believed to be the last residence Oglesby designed. In the 1993 Dallas Morning News obituary for Oglesby, architecture critic, David Dillon wrote the following:

“Honesty in materials, simplicity of form, sensitivity to place, this was the Oglesby canon, and it changed very little over the years.”

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This beautiful fieldstone Tudor at 3615 Cornell will be on this year’s Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society home tour. (Courtesy Photo)

April is event month for the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS). Whether you’re a history buff, an architectural aficionado, a real estate junkie, or a classic and antique car enthusiast, you’ll find plenty of reasons to put Park Cities on your April calendar.

The Distinguished Speaker Luncheon kicks off the iconic annual events on Wednesday April 10, at Brook Hollow Golf Club where CandysDirt.com founder and publisher Candy Evans will be the keynote speaker.

Individual tickets start at $150 each and $300 each for Patron seating. Sponsorships and table underwriting range from $1,500 to $10,000. Tickets are available at www.pchps.org.

Proceeds from the 2019 Luncheon will be used to help preserve and maintain the Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, support the new PCHPS archives at the University Park Library, fund the Society’s landmarking initiatives, and award scholarships to Highland Park High School graduating seniors who plan to study architecture or history.

Slated for Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Historic Park Cities Home Tour is the perfect opportunity to get an inside view of some of the most beautiful early 20th century homes in the Dallas area. From landmark architecture, exquisite style, and immaculately-landscaped grounds, you’ll have an awe-inspiring adventure and leave with plenty of design ideas.

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Perched on a sprawling 1.57-acre lot above the shores of White Rock Lake sits this off-market offering you have to see to believe. The spirit of Tuscany is alive and well inside this stunning Mediterranean, where you can’t escape waterfront views even if you try, and why would you? Take in the natural beauty of the area from every vantage point, whether you’re basking by the pool or nestled next to the immaculate, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace.

As we all know, a house is only as good as its smallest details, and builder Charles Travis made sure each one was absolutely pristine. With superb attention to light, water, and natural materials, there’s a lot to love about this lakefront stunner. Its expertly scaled interiors are warm, inviting and picture-perfect for both everyday life and the most formal of parties.

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Many set off on the quest to find the perfect Highland Park home, driving through picturesque neighborhoods hoping the prestigious properties they spot are up for sale. This traditional house in the heart of Old Highland Park will stop you in your tracks as you pass by, and lucky for you, this Fresh Offering from Allie Beth Allman & Associates is currently seeking a new owner.

The Greek Revival exterior draws you in with commanding columns and palatial landscaping that rival the gardens you have seen on trips to Europe. Follow the red brick road — much like Dorothy did — to find equally elegant interiors through double front doors. With a total of seven bedrooms and eight-and-one-half bathrooms, you can host holidays and big occasions without worrying where everyone will stay.

Plus, what you can’t see from the street is that a 1,118-square-foot guesthouse accompanies the 12,357-square-foot main house, so visitors won’t be on top of each other (or you) whatsoever.

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Sitting pretty on Gillon Avenue and Highland Drive, one of the most coveted blocks in Highland Park, this custom-built house is seeking its second owner ever. It needs stylish inhabitants to match its grand presence. Are you up to the task? It almost feels like an honor to live here, as if a treasure is being handed down. The timeless Highland Park architecture, designed by architect Clint Pierson, sweeps you off your feet as soon as you lay eyes on the abode. Quality will never be a question in your mind since the Tatum Brown Custom Homes built the masterpiece in 2013, and Bonick Landscaping created the romantic manicured grounds.

This week’s Private Offering from Allie Beth Allman and Associates is a stunning Tatum Brown Custom Homes build in Highland Park with romantic gardens by Bonick Landscaping.

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What a way to start Valentine’s Day! Our Inwood Home of the Week is a Tealwood Square townhouse that is in the heart of everything, yet so secluded you’ll have all the tranquility you desire.

Builder Jim Williams completed this Tealwood Square townhouse at 8849 McCraw Drive in 1969. Williams is known not only for Tealwood Square, but also for his work in Caruth Homeplace and Briarwood.

So, where is Tealwood Square? It’s next door to Bluffview and about a minute from the Dallas North Tollway. It’s a private enclave of Devonshire.But you would be hard-pressed to find it without a Realtor. And that Realtor should be Dave Perry-Miller listing agent Tricia Weiner because, you guessed it, this Tealwood Square townhouse is her home!

“It’s so secluded people don’t know where it is,” Weiner said. “One of the things I’ve loved the most about living there is that it’s so tranquil and private. Those neighborhood qualities are hard to find in a bustling Metropolis like Dallas! And being on the creek, shrouded in the giant magnolias and live oaks, it’s like living in a tree house because all you see is green.”

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Georgian Colonial ranch

This iconic, massive Georgian Colonial ranch at 11053 Strayhorn Drive in Country Club Estates, East Dallas, is a real find for you and your Valentine. Lucky heart-shaped duckies, it will be open on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The estate was built in 1969 for George C. McIngvale, a founder of Bishop Lynch High School. And I’m totally serious about this house: I swear there is nothing, nada, anything like this beautiful estate anywhere in Dallas.

McIngvale was a philanthropist, the head of an insurance company.He was also was instrumental in raising the capital to build Bishop Lynch High School, recognized today as one of the finest private schools in Dallas.

“The neighborhood is a hidden gem,” Dave Perry-Miller listing agent Ryan Streiff said. “It’s under the radar, near the Dallas Athletic Club, with not just one, but two golf courses designed by legendary golf champion Jack Nicklaus.”

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Located inside the exclusive Lake Forest subdivision, there’s not much about this classic Hill Forest Drive mansion that doesn’t scream “high caliber.” Built in 2000, this home received a complete and thorough renovation recently that has made this gem of a listing into the crown jewel of the neighborhood.

“Everything about this home is simply remarkable,” says Debbie Ingram, listing agent of 6917 Hill Forest, this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. “One steps into this home, which is an oasis and welcome respite from the outside world!”

Ingram describes this Hill Forest Drive mansion as chic, sophisticated, classy, and timeless — which is what we expect of such an outstanding High Caliber Home. And the remodel doesn’t disappoint, either.

“A complete, gutted remodel of the home in the last few years implemented the finest in design, materials, and craftsmanship,” Ingram added. In fact, the interior remodel totaled more than $750,000 in upgrades, making this classic Hill Forest Drive mansion an absolute deal at $1.618 million.

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